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The pictures of Zhouzhuang Ancient Town come from a slideshow without a clear reference. That happens a lot, slideshows circulating on the Internet and no way to figure out who made it. Maybe somebody can figure it out with the Chinese characters?
Zhouzhuang (周庄) lies at the middle between Shanghai and Suzhou. It is an ancient town of Kunshan City, Jiangsu Province, a region that abounds with rivers and lakes. So it is thought by many to be the best waterside town in China.This ancient town has a history of more than 900 years old with many houses built in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. There are about 100 houses with courtyards, and 60 of them have arch gateways made by carved bricks.
With lakes on four sides, the beauty of Zhouzhuang is specially to be found along the waterside lanes and around a number of the stone bridges. A different vista at every turn can be found here. All those make a visit most enjoyable. Also, one can enjoy the fairyland atmosphere of the evenings here when the myriad stars twinkle as though in communication with the glittering lights.
New York City in black and white
Another series by Frank Yu, pictures gathered in 2019.
Pictures that speak for themselves.
Looking to see more of Frank in 2020.
Series of shots by Jan De Cock showing daily life in Wuhan and surroundings.
Dated 11 March 2007.
Shows the choice of imported food in the local supermarkets, such as METRO and others, plus sights of the city. Some of the food and beer are from Belgium. Also other fruits, flowers, foodstuff and city sights.
Jan always shows the local angle.
Seminar, a good excuse
In April 2019 I participated in a seminar in Zhejiang Shaoxing City , see here.
Shaoxing is a city in eastern China’s Zhejiang province, straddling the Grand Canal and crossed by many waterways. The city’s rich cultural history is also marked by native writer Lu Xun’s former residence, now a museum.
Shaoxing is also known variously as the ‘City of Waters,’ ‘City of Bridges,’ ‘City of Calligraphy,’ ‘City of Tea,’ and ‘City of Scholars.’ It gives off an image of an elegant and peaceful locale with deep cultural connotations,
We were spoiled by our two guides who took us around Zhejiang Shaoxing City on Monday 22 April.
First stop was Shen’s Garden, with a history of over 800 years. Known for the love story of Lu You and Tang Wan.
Later Lu Xun hometown, his birth place and home. Lu Xun is one of the most famous modern Chinese writers. Lu Xun’s works became known to English readers as early as 1926 with the publication in Shanghai of The True Story of Ah Q.
After lunch in a local restaurant we walked around in the old town and had a boat trip.
In the evening we had dinner in Shaoxing CBD, SIJIFENGQING XUNWEI Restaurant. Very nice place, nice local dishes. The CBD area is pretty modern, stark contrast to the old city center.
The pictures are in that order of the visit, nearly all from me.
Date 8 February (Chinese New Year Holiday) and 8 June 2016.
Locations: Gongti (Workers Stadium), Sanlitun (new) Yashow and Taikoo Li (“The Village”), East Third Ring Road, present CBD area, new CBD area (east of the 3rd Ring, under construction), Conrad Hotel, Jing Guang Centre, CCTV Tower and the doomed and still unopened hotel next door, Radegast Hotel on Guanghua Lu, the building with our “secret” KTVs on Third Ring Road East, People’s Daily Building (Renmin Ribao), Shash Restaurant (Uzbekistan Cuisine, next to Saint Angel Hotel)
See the progress for the buildings in the new CBD area.